There and Back Again, or better known by its abbreviated title The Hobbit, is a fantasy novel and children's book by J. R. R. Tolkien. It was first published September 21, 1937.
The Hobbit follows the quest of a home-loving hobbit, Bilbo Baggins, to win a share of the treasure guarded by the dragon, Smaug. Bilbo's journey takes him from his peaceful rural surroundings into more sinister territory.
Hobbit Day is the birthday of the hobbits Bilbo and Frodo Baggins. Both Bilbo and Frodo were said to be born on September 22. Bilbo was born in the year of 2890 and Frodo in the year of 2968 in the Third Age.
Hobbits like merriment, storytelling over a good pipe, dancing and a lot of good food. They also love peace and quiet, and appreciate nature.
Here are a few ideas on what you can do to honor Bilbo and Frodo.
- In honor of hobbits who never wear shoes, take off your shoes and go barefoot.
- Cook some hobbit food. Mushrooms, potatoes or anything delicious. Make it hearty and healthful.
- Draw a map. One of Tolkien’s biggest draws continues to be the world that he created.
- Take a hike in the woods and learn about the trees. Tolkien loved trees, and marveled at their mystery, a theme very apparent in his works.
- Read some passages of The Hobbit aloud, or try some of Tolkien’s lesser-known poetry.
- Stoke up the fire, pour yourself some cider and enjoy the company of your family and friends. That’s probably the most "hobbity" thing you can do!
Above all, enjoy life.